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NMSU to host premiere of child abuse documentary

The public is invited to attend one of two public screenings of a documentary that focuses on child abuse and neglect in New Mexico and features two experts from New Mexico State University.

The screening of “Everyone’s Business: Protecting Our Children,” will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, April 17, in the Yates Theater of Domenici Hall, 3014 McFie Circle on the NMSU campus. The event is free and open to the public. The film is 30 minutes long and will be followed by a short question-and-answer session.

Esther Devall, head of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, is featured in the documentary along with Shelly Bucher, who heads the Southwest Region National Child Protection Training Center at NMSU.

The documentary focuses on the effects of child abuse and neglect in New Mexico, which ranks sixth in the nation for deaths due to child abuse, and on five solutions that aim to save millions of dollars and thousands of children’s lives in New Mexico.

According to the documentary, $210,012 is the cost of one victim of child abuse and neglect due to adverse health, social and economic consequences of maltreatment.

“They’re not going to succeed in school. They’re not going to have healthy relationships. They’re not going to be physically or mentally healthy. It’s going to be a tremendous cost to us,” Devall said.

The documentary and its accompanying campaign is produced by Emmy Award-winning producer and director Chris Scheuler and underwritten by the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department, the New Mexico Department of Health/Family Health Bureau and other state and local agencies.

Community agencies will be at the screening to hand out information about their services.

For more information, please visit www.protectingourchildren.info.